Ecclesiastes 1:17; Ecclesiastes 2:14; Ecclesiastes 2:19; Ecclesiastes 3:12; Ecclesiastes 3:14; Ecclesiastes 3:21; Ecclesiastes 4:13; Ecclesiastes 5:1; Ecclesiastes 6:5; Ecclesiastes 6:8; Ecclesiastes 6:10; Ecclesiastes 6:12; Ecclesiastes 7:22; Ecclesiastes 7:25; Ecclesiastes 8:1; Ecclesiastes 8:5; Ecclesiastes 8:7; Ecclesiastes 8:12; Ecclesiastes 8:16-17; Ecclesiastes 9:1; Ecclesiastes 9:5; Ecclesiastes 9:11-12; Ecclesiastes 10:14-15; Ecclesiastes 11:2; Ecclesiastes 11:5-6; Ecclesiastes 11:9
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And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind.
The wise man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. And yet I know that one fate befalls them both.
And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by acting wisely under the sun. This too is vanity.
I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one's lifetime;
I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.
Who knows that the breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth?
A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction.
Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil.
"It never sees the sun and it never knows anything; it is better off than he.
For what advantage does the wise man have over the fool? What advantage does the poor man have, knowing how to walk before the living?
Whatever exists has already been named , and it is known what man is; for he cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is.
For who knows what is good for a man during his lifetime, during the few years of his futile life? He will spend them like a shadow. For who can tell a man what will be after him under the sun?
For you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others.
I directed my mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness.
Who is like the wise man and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man's wisdom illumines him and causes his stern face to beam.
He who keeps a royal command experiences no trouble, for a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure.
If no one knows what will happen, who can tell him when it will happen?
Although a sinner does evil a hundred times and may lengthen his life, still I know that it will be well for those who fear God, who fear Him openly .
When I gave my heart to know wisdom and to see the task which has been done on the earth (even though one should never sleep day or night ),
and I saw every work of God, I concluded that man cannot discover the work which has been done under the sun. Even though man should seek laboriously, he will not discover; and though the wise man should say, "I know," he cannot discover.
For I have taken all this to my heart and explain it that righteous men, wise men, and their deeds are in the hand of God. Man does not know whether it will be love or hatred; anything awaits him.
For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten.
I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all.
Moreover , man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them.
Yet the fool multiplies words. No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him?
The toil of a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city.
Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.
Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.
Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.
Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things.